TOKYOPOP Michael Paolilli Talks About the Blizzard Mangas

TOKYOPOP posted a new article recently by Michael Paolilli – Production Artist—titled Michael’s Blizzard Blast, where he expresses his feelings working on the Blizzard mangas. He confesses he has been a Blizzard fan for a decade since the release of Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness, was hooked to StarCraft since 1998, and has a level 80 Hunter.  It’s great to know that the people behind the books and the mangas are deeply involved in the universes prior to working on their printed projects. You can read his article at TOKYOPOP.

Blizzard Quote:
My name is Michael Paolilli, and I am Production Artist here at TOKYOPOP. I put together all of the books we produce here, in particular the Blizzard titles Warcraft and StarCraft. I am also the Creative Consultant on those titles.

It is because of those two facts that I am writing to you today, to give you a small glimpse at the work behind our books.

First I will start with a little background. I have been a HUGE fan of Blizzard’s games since back in the mid to late 90’s when i got my hands on Warcraft 2.  But the game I really fell in love with was StarCraft, and Blizzard has had me hooked ever since.  When we here at TOKOYPOP relaunched our Blizzard co-pub program back in 2008 I jumped at the chance to not only continue, but be a part of our work on these best selling series.

TOKYOPOP Michael Paolilli Talks About the Blizzard Mangas

TOKYOPOP posted a new article recently by Michael Paolilli – Production Artist—titled Michael’s Blizzard Blast, where he expresses his feelings working on the Blizzard mangas. He confesses he has been a Blizzard fan for a decade since the release of Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness, was hooked to StarCraft since 1998, and has a level 80 Hunter.  It’s great to know that the people behind the books and the mangas are deeply involved in the universes prior to working on their printed projects. You can read his article at TOKYOPOP.

Blizzard Quote:
My name is Michael Paolilli, and I am Production Artist here at TOKYOPOP. I put together all of the books we produce here, in particular the Blizzard titles Warcraft and StarCraft. I am also the Creative Consultant on those titles.

It is because of those two facts that I am writing to you today, to give you a small glimpse at the work behind our books.

First I will start with a little background. I have been a HUGE fan of Blizzard’s games since back in the mid to late 90’s when i got my hands on Warcraft 2.  But the game I really fell in love with was StarCraft, and Blizzard has had me hooked ever since.  When we here at TOKOYPOP relaunched our Blizzard co-pub program back in 2008 I jumped at the chance to not only continue, but be a part of our work on these best selling series.

Starcraft 2 Battle Report 2 Almost Ready

Starcraft II Fans eager to watch the Battle Report 2 should be satisfied to hear that it is almost upon us according to Karune.  Very nice to get updates on its production, even if there is no ETA revealed.

Blizzard Quote:
Karune: Localization is just about finished and we are clearing it through a few more legal channels, as certain countries are more cautious when it comes to gore in video games. I know I’ve been telling ya, but it shouldn’t be too much longer. Will keep you updated.

Christie Golden Attending 2009 StarFest In Denver

Christie Golden is attending StarFest in Denver, Colorado on April 17-19.  She will be premiering ARTHAS there and signing books.  She will have copies of various of her novels for sale. Stop by and say hello.

The World of Warcraft: ARTHAS Collector’s Edition copies have been increased for a total of 10,000 limited copies. An extra chance for you to get it before they are sold out. While supplies last.

Her story “A Warrior Made” within Warcraft: Legends Vol. 4 is half done. The artist is In-Bae Kim.

2009 StarFest
Marriott Denver Tech Center
4900 S. Syracuse Street, Denver, CO—Map
April 17-19

In addition to her book signing sessions, she is scheduled to talk at a couple of panels:
Saturday 18 12:00-1:00pm Room 4
Sunday 19 11:00-12:30pm Room 4

Autograph Sessions at the Dealer’s Room
Friday 6:30pm
Saturday 11:00am
Sunday 9:00am

TOKYOPOP and Blizzard Dares You to Make Us Laugh!

TOKYOPOP is sponsoring a monthly online contest to find the funniest, most rib-busting Warcraft one-page comic strips created by you, the fans! Each month one winner will be selected to receive the grand prize—a collection of TOKYOPOP/Blizzard Entertainment manga! Additionally, winning artists can potentially be chosen by TOKYOPOP to be an artist art in upcoming Warcraft and StarCraft manga.

Click here for contest rules and details! Now go draw those comic strips—and get a sense of humor!

Starcraft II Battle Report 2 Very Soon

Karune confirmed that Battle Report # 2 is almost ready. The transcript stage is done. It is now going through the translation (localization) stage. Once that’s through, Battle Report # 2 will go live.  That can be anytime this week or the next (hopefully).

Blizzard Quote:
To give you guys an update, the Battle Report is still in localization and needs to be ready in all supported regions before it will go up. Many times this adds to the development timeline, but it allows everyone worldwide to be able to experience Blizzard updates at the same time, so no particular region feels neglected.

In regards to beta, I

Rosenberg and Decandido 2009 I-Con 28 Schedule

Aaron Rosenberg and Keith R.A. DeCandido will be at the 2009 I-Con 28 held through April 3-5 at the Suffolk County Community College (SCCC) Grant Campus in Brentwood, Long Island (New York)—within The Health, Sports, Education/Convention Center.

If you are planning to attend the event, feel free to look them up and say hi, take a photo and get your Warcraft and Starcraft books signed.

Another incentive to go to the event, on Friday March 3 you can find Mark Goddard (Major Don West in Lost in Space, 1965) on a Q&A from 7pm-7:30pm at the Main Stage; and on Saturday, March 4 from 3pm-3:30pm and Sunday 6 from 4pm-5pm. 

Sean Astin—(Samwise Gamgee in Lord of the Rings) has a Q&A on Friday March 3 from 8pm-9pm on the main stage. Saturday at 11am on SCCC Hallway.

Gary Graham (Ambassador Soval in “STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE”) on Saturday, March 4 from 1pm-1:30pm and Sunday March 5 from 12pm-12:30pm.

Other guests are Larry Hama (G.I. Joe Comic Book writer); Sala Baker (Sauron, Lord of the Rings); Nicki Clyne (Crewman Specialist Cally, Battlestar Galactica); and Tory Belleci (Star Wars Trilogy, 1999)

Sounds like it is going to be a fun event.

Read Aaron Rosenberg and Keith R.A. DeCandido schedule and an interactive map of the location after the break.

 

AARON ROSENBERG SCHEDULE

Sat, 11:30am
Marriott Salon B
Myths of Publishing
Crawford, Rosenberg, Gorinsky, Parris
Enhancing your career by learning how to recognize and deal with persistent myths

Sat 3-4pm
SCC Dealers Room
Author Signing

Sat, 5pm
Marriott Cezanne
Balancing Writing and Life: so many words, so little time
Rosenberg, Freedman, Kessman, Mains, Gannon
A topic almost any writer can identify with. Tips on keeping your love for and need to write from overwhelming the rest of your life

Sat, 6pm
Marriott Matisse
Know Your Craft: the elements that bring a story to life
Parris, Rosenberg, Paffenroth, Mains
While plot, character, POV, setting etc can vary in importance to the story you want to tell, the writer must master all

Sun, 10:30am
Marriott Cezanne
The Publishing Apocalypse
Crawford, Rosenberg, Leigh, Parris
Panelists discuss the unprecedented challenges faced by traditional publishing

Sun, 11:30am
Marriott Cezanne
The Business Aspect of Writing Tie-Ins
Peel, Mack, Rosenberg, DeCandido
The best ways to market your skills at writing in

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